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Biafra Groups Order Unknown Gunmen Out Of S’East, Appoint New Leader

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The various pro Biafra groups have risen from a security meeting in Aba, Abia State, declaring war on the unknown gunmen who have continued to cause mayhem and killings in the South East.

They announced the appointment of Bro Ndubuisi Igwekani aka Agu Biafra as their leader stressing that “all the leaders and the coordinators here have agreed to work on the vision and position of the leaders of Elder’s council of indigenous people of Biafra.

“We the youth wing agree that from today, we have nominated Ndubuisi Igwekani Agu Biafra to lead us in defending our land and freedom of our people. We hereby agree that whatever position or action taken by the new leader will be accepted and backed by all.”

They also demanded the Federal Government to obey court order and release IPOB leader Mazi Nnnamdi Kanu.

Biafra groups represented at the meeting include MASSOB-BRM, IFM, ISC, IPOB Youth Wing, Igbo Hunters, CNMEJ and Ndi Igbo Lion Security Network.

In a statement issued after the meeting the group reached a conclusion that insecurity in the South East of Nigeria is politically sponsored and motivated to make South East look insecure and scare people from voting for Peter obi.

Signed by Major Godfrey Ukwuike, Publicity Secretary, Biafra Defenders, the group vowed to fight back against the evil plot; “it can’t work we must do all we can do to provide security during election.

“We warn all the Igbo Politicians currently sabotaging the efforts of Nigerian youths to take back the country to retrace their steps, and support the efforts of the youths.

“Failing to do so, we will rise and hold them responsible if Peter Obi fails to win this election.

“There is nothing called unknown gunmen. This development is strange to us. Our enemies are doing everything possible to make us believe that lgbos are their own enemy which is not true.

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“Before the coming of the APC government, there was nothing like unknown gunmen. We only had security challenges like armed robbery, kidnapping, rituals, Fulani herdsmen and Boko Harran activities in the North and Biafran struggle in Eastern Nigeria which was peaceful before the provocations by the Nigerian Security Agencies by attacking Onyendu Nnamdi Kanu family house – kidnapping him from Kenya to Nigeria and refusing to release him despite court order.

“We call on Igbo Traditional rulers and our spiritual leaders to rise and rescue Igbo Nation. We are not happy with the political manipulation of the South East governors who have hijacked Ohaneze Ndi Igbo from the people.

“We urge the governors to hands off from Ohaneze and allow the leadership and Imeobi to organize election according to the Constitution. Enough of this political manipulation.

“We use this media to call all lovers of freedom, both home and abroad to give Nigerian youths and genuine Nigerian politicians last opportunity to recover this country and reposition it from consumption to production by supporting Peter Obi’s Presidential ambition.

“All Igbo sons and daughter should support and work towards successful election in all Biafran land so that at the end nobody will blame us for the failure of the Federal Government of Nigeria to conduct free and fair elections.

“We agreed that there must be election in all Biafran land this year. We warn and caution anyone or group planning any evil action against the coming election to go elsewhere not in Biafra land.

“We warn all the criminals in Biafra land to relocate and move out of Biafra land we giving them 20th February to leave of have us to contend with

“We promise to provide enough security of our men and to make sure our men are all over Biafra land to protect our people who would want to partake in the election.

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Federal Government Lodges Complaint Against Daily Trust with NMCC Over Samoa Agreement Report

The Federal Government has filed a complaint against Daily Trust Newspapers with the National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC), also known as the Ombudsman, regarding a story on the Samoa agreement.

On Sunday, the NMCC confirmed receipt of the government’s complaint and stated that an investigation had begun. The statement was signed by Mr. Emeka Izeze, Chairman, and Mr. Feyi Smith, interim secretary of the NMCC.

The federal government’s complaint, dated July 8, was signed by Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, on behalf of Minister Mohammed Idris.

The government alleged that Daily Trust published an article on July 4, 2024, titled “LGBT: Nigeria Signs $150 Billion Samoa Deal,” containing false and misleading information that poses a severe threat to national security.

According to the complaint, the report claimed that the government had endorsed a European Union (EU) partnership agreement, referred to as the “Samoa Agreement,” with member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS). The article suggested that the agreement included clauses compelling nations to support LGBTQ community recognition.

The government described the report as “false and misleading” and stated that it had resulted in hate speech, threats, intimidation, and cyberbullying directed at individuals and government officials across social media.

The federal government has requested the NMCC to thoroughly investigate the alleged misleading publication. It has also asked the commission to direct the newspaper’s management to publicly retract and correct the false information with equal prominence as the original article and issue an unequivocal apology. Additionally, the government urged the implementation of stricter editorial guidelines to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The NMCC acknowledged the complaint with a letter dated July 10, signed by Interim Secretary Mr. Feyi Smith, informing the ministry that the complaint was under review. The commission assured that the outcome would be communicated to the government and that the management of Daily Trust would be contacted for their response.

“As an independent media regulatory body, it is our duty to promote media adherence to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct while ensuring the media operate in a free and unfettered environment,” the NMCC stated.

The commission emphasized that its investigation would be thorough and impartial, with full cooperation from all parties involved. Transparency throughout the process was also pledged.

The National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC) is an independent, multi-stakeholder co-regulatory body established by the Nigerian Press Organisations (NPO), including the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). It collaborates with the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to resolve complaints about the press while maintaining high standards of journalism practice, ethics, and defending press freedom and the public’s right to know.

Federal Government Lodges Complaint Against Daily Trust with NMCC Over Samoa Agreement Report

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Family Narrowly Escapes as Building Collapses in Lagos

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) announced on Sunday that a family narrowly escaped death when their house on the outskirts of Lagos collapsed.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the agency’s Permanent Secretary, stated that the incident occurred around Adealu Bus-stop in the Ipaja area. LASEMA responded to a distress call received through the 767 and 112 emergency toll-free lines at 10:44 PM on Saturday, July 13.

“The building collapsed at No. 49, Oyinlola Street, off Adealu Bus-stop, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos. Upon arrival at the scene, investigations revealed that it was the boys’ quarters behind the storey-building that collapsed,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

“Fortunately, the single family involved managed to escape before the collapse. There were no casualties or fatalities.”

Further investigations indicated that neglect and poor maintenance led to the collapse of the boys’ quarters. The agency’s response team conducted public awareness sessions to inform residents about the dangers of remaining in the compromised structure.

“The main building, which consists of nine rooms downstairs and two flats upstairs, has been cordoned off. All occupants have been advised to vacate the building immediately for their safety,” Oke-Osanyintolu added.

He recommended a manual demolition of the remaining structure and clearing of debris from the collapsed boys’ quarters. Additionally, integrity tests by the Material Testing Laboratory have been suggested to assess the safety of the main building.

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Kaduna Police Ban Unlawful Gatherings, Ashura Procession

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Police Command in Kaduna State has announced a ban on all forms of unlawful gatherings by the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), including its planned Ashura procession.

The command’s spokesperson, ASP Mansir Hassan, issued the ban in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna. Hassan stated, “The command has banned every manner of illegal protest in the state.”

This decision follows intelligence reports indicating that the IMN, also known as Shi’ites, plans to hold a procession to mark the 2024 Islamic Ashura day ceremony. Hassan highlighted the violent history associated with these processions, stating, “The said ritual practice has in the recent past been characterized by unimaginable violence leading to the destruction of properties, injuries to persons, and even loss of lives.”

In response, the police command has issued a stern warning to IMN members to abandon their plans for the procession. Hassan emphasized that the command would enforce the law against any individuals or groups, particularly the outlawed IMN, who attempt to defy the ban.

Commissioner of Police for Kaduna State, Mr. Ali Dabigi, reassured law-abiding citizens to continue their activities without fear. He stressed that the state’s hard-earned relative peace would not be compromised by the actions of a few ‘renegades’.

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